Michael Fojtasek, executive chef and owner of Olamaie, is joining forces with Feed the Children and The Salvation Army Austin in Rathgeber Village to provide food and essentials to 400 families from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at The Salvation Army Austin Area Command in Rathgeber Village, 4700 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78723.

Each participating family, pre-identified by The Salvation Army, will receive a 25-pound box of food such as canned vegetables, peanut butter and macaroni and cheese; a 10-pound box of personal-care items such as shampoo, razors and toothpaste; and additional products.

"The Olamaie team is proud to continue our work to fight childhood hunger, this time, in partnership with Feed the Children,” Fojtasek said. “Knowing that we will have a direct impact on the Austin community is very exciting."

Funds for this event were raised during a special event at Olamaie in 2018.

“We recognize hunger can’t be fought alone, but by working together, we can provide food and essentials to millions of children and families who live in poverty,” said Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children. “Hope for a better future is made possible thanks to our partners like Chef Fojtasek and The Salvation Army.”

In Austin alone, more than 10 percent of resident live below the poverty line. Often, these children and families are unsure of where they will find their next meal.

“There are many struggling families in our community who have to make the difficult decision of paying rent or providing sufficient meals to their children. We are very excited to be partnering with Feed the Children to address this issue,” said Major Andrew Kelly, The Salvation Army Austin Area Commander.

About Feed the Children

At Feed the Children, we feed hungry kids. We envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the U.S. and internationally, we are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. We distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, we provide support for teachers and students, and we mobilize resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike. Internationally, we manage child-focused community development programs in 8 countries. We welcome partnerships because we know our work would not be possible without collaborative relationships.

Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.